Incoming Exchange & Visiting Students

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Image by Lysanne Larose.
Some of the students who visited McGill Law on exchange in 2015.

Did you come to McGill Law on exchange for a semester? We invite you to give us some feedback and share some insights about your experience.

To apply to McGill Law as an incoming exchange or visiting student

All questions regarding applying for an exchange at the Faculty of Law of McGill University should be directed to the International Studies/Study Abroad Office of your home university. Every year, our exchange partners are sent a reminder that outlines McGill's Student Exchanges application requirements. McGill University will only review exchange applications that are formally submitted to us by the exchange coordinators of exchange partner universities.

If your home university does not have an exchange agreement with McGill, you may apply to the Faculty of Law as a Visiting student through the Undergraduate Law Admissions Office (see the 5. Visiting students (non-McGill law degree) section) or Email them.

You have been accepted as an exchange or visiting student to the Faculty of Law

Congratulations on your acceptance! We look forward to welcoming you at McGill! Fall and Full-year exchange/visiting students are invited each year to attend our incoming exchange/visiting student information sessions each year, around late August/early September. There will be an information session for incoming Winter exchange/visiting students in January.

Pre-Arrival Information Sessions

For complete pre-arrival information, please consult McGill’s International Student Services website. Students are invited to attend online pre-arrival orientation webinars, which will discuss immigration documents, international health insurance, life in Montreal, and more!

Faculty-Specific Information

Exchange students accepted to the Faculty of Law must attend the incoming exchange student information session at the start of each term. The exact date will be emailed to students, though it is normally during the first week of classes. Students unable to attend must email the sao.law [at] mcgill.ca (SAO) and make an appointment with an advisor.

Frequently asked questions by students coming from abroad

How do I log into Minerva?

1. Go to Minerva.

2. Click on the Login icon on the sidebar.

3. Log in using your McGill student number and Personal Identification number (PIN), which were provided to you in the application acknowledgement notice which you received by e-mail at the email you provided in your application.

4. Your McGill student number also appears on your letter of acceptance.

5. If you forgot your PIN or have lost your McGill student number, call the Minerva Help Desk at 1-514-398-7878.

How do I find out if I have been accepted to the exchange program?

1. Log in to your Minerva record, select Applicant Menu > View Application Status.

2. Click on your application to display information, including the status.

3. Once your offer appears on this status page, confirm or decline our offer of admission using Minerva by the deadline indicated in your offer letter.

When can I register for courses?

1. Once you have confirmed our offer of admission using Minerva, you will be able to register for your courses.

2. Registration for exchange students will open on Minerva on June 8, 2022 at 9:00am, Eastern time for both Fall and Winter courses.

3. You may register for courses until September 13, 2022 (inclusive) for Fall 2022 term courses, and until January 27, 2023 (inclusive) for Winter 2023 term courses.

4. Registration how-to information can be found on Minerva for students: Using Minerva to Register.

The list of courses offered each year is available on our Current Courses, which is updated each May.

Where do I find information on courses offered at McGill?

Complete course descriptions, including information on the method of evaluation and the schedule, are detailed on our Current Courses page.

When is orientation, and when does the semester start?

Fall 2022:
- Faculty of Law Orientation begins August 29, 2022 - more information about orientation activities will be published over the summer.
- First day of lectures: Wednesday, August 31, 2022

Winter 2023:
- Faculty of Law information session: January 2023 (Date TBC)
- First day of lectures: Wednesday, January 4, 2023

How many credits should I register for?

The average course load consists of 12 to 15 credits per term; a minimum course load of 12 credits per term is required to maintain full-time status. Check with your home institution to confirm which courses to take during your exchange.

How can I register for a full course load if many of the courses that I'm interested in have reached their registration limit?

You should keep trying to register on Minerva for the courses you wish to take, in the event that space becomes available in those courses. Changes in registration numbers is most likely to happen during the course change period, which takes place each term during the first two weeks of classes.

Upon arrival in Montreal, if you are still unable to register in the courses you are required to take during your exchange, please sao.law [at] mcgill.ca (contact the SAO). Admission to your preferred courses is probable, though not guaranteed.

Can I register in any undergraduate law courses?

You may register in most upper-year law undergraduate courses, provided there is space and you have taken the prerequisite courses.

Exchange students registering for Law courses can register in section 001 or 003 only.

A few courses are not available to exchange students, such as first- and second-year required law courses, term essay courses, moots, legal clinics and student clerkships. Check the course descriptions on our Current Courses page, where such a restriction will appear under Maximum Enrolment.

Students are not permitted to register for Law courses that will create an exam conflict. Please check the Law examination schedules on our Current Courses page as of mid-late May.

Can I register in graduate law courses?

Exchange students may register for graduate level (600) courses - with permission from the SAO - provided that there is space in the courses. Students must show evidence of ability and have completed all needed prerequisites. These courses are listed in the Course Offerings on our Current Courses page. Note that some graduate courses are not open to undergraduate students.

Registration for graduate courses cannot be done through Minerva. Students who wish to take graduate courses must instead fill out our Course Change Form for approval.

Exchange students registering for graduate Law courses can register in section 001 or 003 only.

Can I register in non-law courses?

Exchange students may register in a maximum of one non-law course each semester at McGill, with permission from the SAO. These courses are listed in the McGill eCalendar. Students who wish to take a non-law course must fill out our Course Change Form for approval.

I have asked for on-campus accommodation and have received no confirmation of a reservation. Whom should I contact?

On-campus housing: while priority is given to first-year degree students, some places may be available for exchange students. Questions or requests for additional information about accommodations can be directed to the McGill Housing Office.

  • Fall session or full-year: Indicate “Yes” under “Residence Accommodation” section in the online application.
  • Winter session: student must verify available space by emailing housing.residences [at] mcgill.ca.

Off-campus housing: If on-campus housing is not available, consult Off-campus housing website for information on finding accommodation outside of campus.

Am I required to register for the International Health Insurance?

McGill requires all international students and their accompanying dependents to participate in the compulsory McGill International Health Insurance Plan, which is administered by the International Student Services Office.

Students must be registered for at least one course for a minimum of 24 hours in order to activate their insurance plan on Minerva, and thus be able to pick up their health insurance card upon arrival.

Exchange students who require a reassessment of the international health insurance fee (i.e. students charged for a full-year but are only on exchange for one term), must confirm their coverage on Minerva. See more details on Exchange Students health insurance. Students who meet certain criteria may be eligible for an exemption. Students who have private health insurance are not exempted from the McGill plan.

Costs can be found on the International Students Services' rates page.

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